2022 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Kendall House and Dr. Amy Spurlock


Research conducted by Pham, Cowman, and Williamson, and advised by Kendall House and Amy Spurlock indicates that generational distribution differences and the variation between pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing versus online RN-BSN in the Boise State University College of Nursing provided different descriptive outlook statistics in regards to motivation to remain in healthcare and perception of risk for mask wearing in a clinical setting with patients. Results from a survey of 50 individuals (pre-licensure BSN & online RN-BSN) indicated a negative desire to remain in healthcare proceeding the COVID-19 pandemic, with the largest proportion stemming from the millennial generation or online RN-BSN. A larger neutral viewpoint on a healthcare career proceeding COVID-19 was found for the pre-licensure BSN and Gen Z/Gen X generations. Significant positive correlation among patient interaction and mask wearing were also found in all the respondents, with all generations reporting a higher perception of risk when not wearing masks in a clinical setting. Results have suggested that varying demographic categorization for the nursing field will result in differing perspectives for their career outlooks and perception of risk.



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